Saturday, June 13, 2009

Mitsuharu Misawa dead at 46

Before getting started today, I wanted to say something about the shocking death of Japanese wrestling legend, Mitsuharu Misawa. Misawa suffered a heart attack in the ring last night and was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

I was pretty heavy into Japanese wrestling (puroresu) in my teenage years and back then he was widely regarded as not just the best wrestler in Japan, but the best in the world. For those of you unfamiliar with Misawa, it's probably crude to use this comparison, but just to illustrate how big this news is for Japan, imagine if this happened to Brett Favre on the football field.

In-ring deaths are beyond tragic and something I hope never happens again, but if anything, hopefully this serves as a reminder that the business takes a toll on those who work so hard to entertain us. No matter what promotion, no matter what continent, no matter what arena, those people in the ring are in there for us, and their sacrifices should not go unappreciated.


  1. I'm not a Japanese wrestling expert, but I think the Favre analogy is pretty apt. How sad.

  2. Holy shit, really? Christ, that's terrible.

  3. That is some sad news. And after reading one of your tweets, I agree it is disgusting for pictures of him on the stretcher to be making the rounds.

  4. I also think the memorial picture that Chikara put on their front page was pure class.